Monday racing best bets – Tips for Musselburgh, Ludlow, Kempton and Chelmsford
A new week of horse racing action kicks off on Monday with four fixtures going to post around the UK. We’ve looked through each of the day’s meetings and pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips throughout the day.
Following on from a top-class weekend of horse racing action the new week kicks off with a quartet of meetings going to post around the UK with jumps racing in the afternoon from the cards at Musselburgh, Ludlow and Kempton; while on the all-weather in the evening there is also a fixture on the Chelmsford polytrack under the floodlights.
Last week was tough for winners but we continue undaunted and pick out our Monday racing best bets and tips throughout the day at each of the four meetings going to post.
MONDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR MUSSELBURGH, LUDLOW, KEMPTON & CHELMSFORD
12:05 Musselburgh – racingtv.com Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m
It might be worth siding with RETURN TICKET back at a more suitable level having been outclassed latest at Cheltenham.
Progressive over fences for Ruth Jefferson the Getaway gelding has continued his improvement for new handler Rebecca Menzes, making the frame in starts at Perth and Hexham prior to getting back on the scoresheet at Sedgefield in October where he ran out a wide-margin winner.
Not disgraced in finishing third of four runners in a much deeper race behind Fusil Raffles at Cheltenham last month he ought to appreciate this more realistic level and a wind operation might elicit some improvement so he can do better here.
Eased 1lb in the weights he is a former course and distance winner over timber and still with the potential for better as a chaser he can give a good account here.
12:40 Musselburgh – Scottish Racing Academy Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m4f
UNIVERSAL FOLLY shaped with some promise in a couple of soft ground bumpers around the turn of the year and the Universal gelding has made the frame in both starts over hurdles this term latterly finishing runner-up at Kelso behind Hart Of Steel.
Both those runs have come over two miles but there could be more to come from him stepping up in trip and switching to the handicap ranks where a mark of 110 might not prove prohibitive given that the winner has gone in again since.
Likely to improve for the switch to handicaps and facing an extra half-mile, Nicky Richards’ charge ought to post a big run with Brian Hughes in the saddle and no surprise to see him collect this prize.
1:00 Ludlow – Perrott Properties Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 3m
PETER’S PORTRAIT was a fortunate winner over course and distance last month, held in second when the leader departed four fences from home; but given that was only his second start over fences Charlie Longsdon’s charge could improve and is chanced to follow up.
Fair over hurdles last term, making the frame three times he build on an inauspicious chase debut at Hexham last month to register that success last time out where he wore cheekpieces for the first time.
While a shade fortuitous winner the form has been boosted by the third winning since and the handicapper has only pushed him up 4lbs so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Portrait Gallery gelding taking another forward step with that additional experience behind him he can improve again.
2:35 Kempton – racingtv.com Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 2m4½f
Wind surgery appeared to deliver a big jolt of progress to LOCK’S CORNER who went on a four-win winning spree either side of nine months off, scoring twice over hurdles last term and returning this campaign with back-to-back wins at Southwell and Bangor in the autumn.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge lost little caste in defeat back over timber latest at Cheltenham last month where he found only Honest Vic too strong by four lengths, not helped by losing his position following a fourth flight melee and a penultimate flight mistake.
No match for the winner he nevertheless pulled almost ten lengths’ clear of the third and rest and there could yet be scope for better from this mark back over fences so could be worth chancing to resume winning ways returning to chasing for this latest run.
3:55 Ludlow – Ludlow Brewery Glynis Lloyd Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (3yo+ 0-105) 3m
BELATRIX LESTRANGE is still lightly raced over hurdles and the Malinas mare is taken to step up on her breakthrough success over course and distance last month by following up in what looks a deeper contest.
Henry Daly’s charge twice finished runner-up in bumpers although she took some time to get to grips with hurdling, failing to trouble the judge in her first three starts. However there was better to come when finishing ten lengths’ third at Warwick behind Solstalla in September and she improved again stepped up to three miles to beat The Composeur by a neck latest.
She showed a good attitude there to hold off the runner-up with the pair around four lengths clear of the rest. That form has been boosted since with the runner-up posting a subsequent win, while the third and fourth horses have both bagged silver medals.
A 6lbs rise in the weights demands more but she could well have more to offer and still unexposed can make her presence felt once more.
5:15 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Free Streaming Every UK Race Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-67) 7f
GUMRA has found a jolt of improvement in recent outings to win her last two starts, scoring at Newcastle last month where he had a subsequent dual-winner behind and doubling up over this course and distance laster where the Iffraaj filly struck by two lengths from Canimar.
David O’Meara’s charge sported first-time cheekpieces on that occasion which might have helped him find further progress and the headgear is retained for this outing. The fourth horse home in that last run has won since and a 6lbs rise in the handicap may not be enough of a burden in his hat-trick bid.
Still relatively unexposed he can make his presence felt again here despite his high draw and he ought to go close with Adam Kirby in the saddle again having steered him to success last time.